“…If an ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success…” —Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV)

A lot of projects have been abandoned, a lot of dreams destroyed, and a lot of businesses have been shut down because they were pioneered by a novice. The question is, “Who is a novice?” A novice is a beginner, a newcomer, a learner, or an inexperienced person. A novice is not an illiterate person, but someone who simply lacks expertise in his intended venture. Anybody can be intelligent, but because you are intelligent does not mean you have the skills required for what you are aspiring for. It’s always good to get an education on what you want to do, this helps you to understand the pitfalls, and the dos and don’ts. Education and experience give you the required skill or expertise that is required to excel in whatever you have chosen to do.

When we take a look at the scriptures, we see that before our Lord Jesus Christ started His ministry, He had some training that began from childhood. On one occasion, He followed His parents to Jerusalem for Passover and when the feast was over, He didn’t leave with His parents. Rather, He stayed behind and His parents began searching for Him. When they found Him after three days, the Bible recorded that He was “…sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers…” Luke 2:46 (NKJV).

On another occasion just before He began His ministry, the Bible recorded that He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness and there He was tempted for forty days by the devil. He ate nothing and when the forty days were over, He returned in the power of the Spirit (Scripture Reference: Luke 4:1-14). Meaning, He came back fully prepared and ready for the task ahead. Interestingly, when He came back, His training was reflected in the work.

In the same way, you ought to also train, if you want to excel in any field that interests you. The challenge many people face today is that they want to excel in a particular field and make lots of money, but they are not willing to put in the time and give what it takes to learn the nitty-gritty of what makes people excel in their field of interest. So, when things are not working out as planned, they get depressed and look for who to blame it on.

Beloved, I encourage you today to make a conscious decision to get some training in whatever it is that interests you. The training period may never be the best period in your life. It could be very tough and challenging, but when you are patient enough to go through it, you will be the one to enjoy it at last. Do not in your wildest dream think that, that business will excel without training, or that promotion you are looking for will come to you without the necessary training. Every next level comes with training that helps you to excel. But you must be smart enough to bring yourself to get the training required so that you can enter the next level and win there. Hallelujah!


Get training, get better and get success!


I decree that the grace and the enthusiasm to receive the required training is at work in me. And as I train, I am excelling in my field of interest and advancing like never before in the name of Jesus. Amen!

Categories: August 2021


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